Nanaimo

The Discourse Nanaimo is here to stay

After asking Nanaimoites if you wanted in-depth local news, the answer is clear. The Discourse Nanaimo is moving forward.
Lindsay Sample December 7, 2020
Photo: Longtime Nanaimo reporter Julie Chadwick has been leading stories with The Discourse Nanaimo. Denisa Reyes/The Discourse

The Discourse has been asking Nanaimoites if they want in-depth local news. The answer we heard back is, yes!

That’s why we’re excited to announce that we are moving forward with The Discourse Nanaimo.

To date, The Discourse has been working to develop a new model for local news, starting in the Cowichan Valley. This year, we heard from people in Nanaimo saying that they wanted this kind of journalism too.

Coming into a new community is exciting for us, and it’s a big deal. So, on Nov. 23, we launched a campaign to get 5,000 people to sign up to say they wanted in-depth journalism in Nanaimo. While we’re still not quite at that number, thousands of people have responded with enthusiasm for in-depth local news in Nanaimo.

Beyond the 3,400 people who have officially signed-up, we’ve seen a lot of other reasons to believe our work is wanted and needed: 

So it’s based on all of this, that we’ve made the exciting decision to make The Discourse Nanaimo permanent. 

What does that mean? For the rest of 2020, Julie Chadwick is going to keep sharing stories connected to buildings in downtown Nanaimo. In the new year, we will launch a Nanaimo-specific newsletter, engage with you on what we should dig into next, host virtual newsrooms and keep building our social media presence.

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